32 confirmed dead in latest Chinese coal mine accident
According to Rapportuer Report From , DPA , Link , Rescuers working at the facility in the city of Chifeng, Inner Mongolia, found the first 22 bodies on Saturday.
Of the 181 miners working underground when the explosion tore through the Baoma-run mine around Saturday lunchtime, 149 were able to escape, the Xinhua news agency reported.
The exact cause of the gas explosion remains unknown.
The accident came four days after a fire killed 21 people and left one miner missing at an unlicensed colliery in the city of Qitaihe in north-eastern China.
On Friday, China launched a nationwide safety overhaul in response to the recent surge in mining accidents.
China has averaged two colliery accidents a month this year until five accidents hit in November, including a gas explosion that killed 33 miners in Chongqing.
Song Yuanming, deputy director of the State Administration for Coal Mine Safety, said Friday that Chinese mines need to be licensed and miners should not be asked to work overtime.
China is the world's biggest consumer and producer of coal, with coal production reaching 3.68 billion tons in 2015, or 47 per cent of
the world's total, according to the China National Coal Association.